Okay, let’s get a little sanity into this discussion.
West Jerusalem has been part of Israel since the original war in the late 1940s after the founding of Israel. Part of the big push of the Israeli side was to get to Jerusalem.
East Jerusalem remained in Arab hands and became part of Jordan until the 1967 War and it’s been occupied ever since. East Jerusalem is historic Jerusalem.
Israel claims Jerusalem is one undivided city and is part of Israel. However, all the Israeli government is in West Jerusalem, as it has been since 1949.
Let’s get this clear. The Israeli government is in West Jerusalem, not in Tel Aviv. It was only in Tel Aviv for three months in 1949. The Knesset is in West Jerusalem. The PM works and lives in West Jerusalem. The official Israeli capital according to Israel is Jerusalem and has been since 1949.
Trump didn’t change what is the capital of Israel. Trump is simply accepting the reality of where Israel’s capital is and moving the U.S. Embassy to there, instead of keeping it in Tel Aviv as some kind of symbolic gesture.
Now, what do I think? Well, I like symbolic gestures. I’d rather the U.S. continues to make that symbolic statement. But it’s empty.
What the F does it matter what symbolic statement the U.S. makes about where the capital of Israel is as long as the U.S. pours millions into the Israeli defense system that it uses to keep itself going as an apartheid state? What does it matter if the U.S. turns a blind eye to illegal settlements and periodic slaughters of Gaza? What does it matter if the U.S. has its embassy in Tel Aviv when the U.S. doesn’t sanction Israel for annexing more and more of Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem and driving the Palestinian people out of their own city?
The upset here is really just part of the Trump derangement syndrome. By that I mean people who were never upset with the same things when done by Obama or the Clintons are hysterical to the point of hyper ventilation when they find out Trump does it.
It’s like people going bonkers that Trump pulled out of the Paris Accords on climate change as if those were in any way having any impact on even reducing the rate of global warming, which they weren’t. But these folk never were upset that the Paris Accords were meaningless drivel as the Earth literally burns around us, but Trump pulling out, also a meaningless symbol, made them pull their hair out of their heads and run around screaming (metaphorically) that the world is ending.
Well, the world is ending. But Trump isn’t the problem and his symbolic gestures aren’t the cause. It’s ending because the Middle East is at constant war in large part due to a 70 year long U.S. policy of supporting Israeli oppression of Palestinians. It’s ending because the world is warming and that’s due to uncontrolled Capitalism that’s been doing this, cheered on by both parties, for hundreds of years.
I’ll be radical.
How about not recognizing Israel at all? How about pulling away our ambassador, closing our embassy, stopping all military and financial aid, and making all Israeli agents in the U.S. leave? Until Israel finally either establishes a real just, one state solution or a just two state solution?
Until we do that I don’t freaking care if the embassy is Tel Aviv or East Jerusalem.
As to Trump? He’s a buffoon and the problem is much bigger than him.